The second section, Width, features artworks that consider the extended space; the voids and bridges between people, objects and places. The teacher-artists explore ways to illuminate these relationships and amplify them through their personal juxtapositions and interactions translated through various mediums.
Don’t Be a Square by Amanda Lim surfaces the shifts in our environment and human behaviour in a period of enforced social distancing in public spaces, where society is in the midst of conforming and adapting to this change. Forging this enforced space in a tangible way – with a suit of plastic and air that physically prevents people from invading our ‘personal’ and ‘safe’ space – it’s intrusive and ironic nature spurs one to ponder the emotional, physical distance imposed on us and its social and relational impact our everyday lives.
Lek Yi Xian’s In Between employs the playful use of Microbit, distance sensors and buzzers to heighten the unique relationship between distance and human interactions. Inspired by personal experiences and stories of individuals during the pandemic, Lek’s work probes into the circumstances of contained and shared space as a new normal – home quarantine, work-from-home arrangements – where various interactions are connoted by buzzing, beeps and flashes, alluding to harsh confrontations or friction in resolving issues once avoided or new understandings, relationships and bonds formed in the process.
A Tapestry of Flow by Nuurulhuda Hasbolah and Sharifah Nurul Zakiah charts the layered experiences, emotions and encounters in their various roles as a working mum, teacher and art practitioner. While including their children in the mark making and art making process, harnessing the use of tools from nature, household items, toys etc. The coming together of bold and unbounded gestures from both mother and child bear testament to the intertwined nature of both lives experientially, emotionally, physically and spatially. Working remotely and using digital imaging to combine, synthesize and create new images, the pair push the boundaries and extent to which art making can be made both remotely, collaboratively, physically and digitally.